"A Word to the Workers!"
by Eugene V. Debs
Published by The New York Call, New York City, circa September 1920
Ultra-rare campaign leaflet from the 1920 Presidential Campaign by Socialist Party of America hopeful Eugene Victor Debs.
The imprisoned Debs notes that he did not seek the 1920 Socialist nomination — his 5th and final run for the presidency, following efforts in 1900, 1904, 1908, and 1912.
Debs declares that the working class is capable of electing a president in 1920 who is not a "political tool of Wall Street and the exploiting master class," but only if they refuse to divide into hostile political camps around the candidates of the old political parties.
Both the Republican Party of Warren G. Harding and the Democratic Party of James M. Cox are capitalist parties, supported by the capitalist press, and ruling in the name of the capitalist masters, Debs asserts. These "political twins" are said by Debs to "do the dirty work in the dirty system of which they are the dirty products."
The Socialist Party is held to be "the only real democratic party" of "the workers, the producers, the common people" and an institution seeking to "take over the industrial machinery of the nation and to turn this capitalist republic into a People's Commonwealth."
Published in the United States of America prior to 1923, public domain.
Digitized and digitally edited by Tim Davenport ("Carrite") from a specimen in his collection. Images release into the public domain without restriction. Uploaded to Archive.org on April 19, 2013.
WorldCat shows one other holding of this leaflet, at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.